This week we talked about the response of Christians to the laws and instructions of the Old Testament. I have found this to be one of the areas that more Christians get 'crossed up' when talking about our faith as we often paint ourselves into corners with the things we are against, only to find that we neglect things that we equally should be for. For instance, we are against getting tattoos, but then we wear jewelry, etc. it would be good to consider the role of Jesus in bringing fulfillment to the Law while not cancelling or voiding it.
As I shared Sunday, we need to make sure we fully understand the grace available in the fulfilling work of Jesus as well as the appropriate response to the holiness we are called to as children of God.
Pastor Craig Groeschel from Lifechurch.tv explains a very orthodox view of tattoos here.
Seedbed offers a great and clear video on the Wesleyan teaching of the cooperation between holiness (set apart-ness) and grace.
Christianity Today has an article which I referenced in my sermon. Here it is in full. Bishop Will Willimon, Halee Gray Scott, and Margaret Feinberg all present their views on the state of America and the need for Grace and Righteousness; I tend to agree with Bishop Willimon.
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